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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 26, 2007 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

Good Morning:

How can I possibly express my gratitude on this Memorial Day weekend? Words fail miserably; thank God we have music.

This weekend's commemoration is in honor of a unique band of brothers and sisters --- those who faced their last moments in unintelligible circumstances with thoughts and feelings that remain untold for all eternity. And upon their departure they leave behind others: parents, children, siblings, and friends who are left to also stare into that formless reflection of matter.....yet must stiill remain here. Brutal; thank God we have music.

To those who remain: forgive my feeble attempt to use words to pass along the gratitude and .....????? (some other nameless feeling) ....that dwells in the center of my heart. The best I can do is express my gratitude and offer you any of my Jerry and Hunter materials where a Light not made by the hands of men resides.

Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion ---AshesRising (Jerri1031-dp3 AT yahoo DOT com)

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THE FINAL INSPECTION - Lest We Forget (Author unknown)

The Marine stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Marine,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
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This post was modified by AshesRising on 2007-05-26 15:22:58

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Poster: cush212 Date: May 26, 2007 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

Not feeble at all Ashes... Very touching! My Dad was a 26 year Marine (not always fun for me back in the days, but we did make our peace and became friends) Shanghai 1937>WWII>Korea, so this does hit home for me...

SDH; "Say a prayer for those families who will be remembering lost ones this weekend, and another that all the other families will never have to." May your family, and, by the grace of God, all families always be among the latter...

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 26, 2007 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

Thanks for that, Ashes.

Nice work, as usual.

Hope things are looking up in the Northeast...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 26, 2007 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

AshesRising - you've always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking posters around here and I missed your unique take on things when you took your sabbatical from the forum recently. I hope others will reflect on your humanity and compassion and acknowledge the debt that we all owe in all countries to those who stand tall and do their duty.

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Poster: Disco Stew Date: May 26, 2007 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

Very nice post. And there is nothing feeble about expressing gratitude towards the brave men and women who serve this country and allow us the freedoms we have. Here's my favorite military joke.

What do you call an atheist in a foxhole?

I don't know, there's no such thing.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 26, 2007 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

All I can say is "ditto". Thanks for posting this. My son has lost a couple of friends in the "conflict" and this time holds special meaning for our whole family. Say a prayer for those families who will be remembering lost ones this weekend, and another that all the other families will never have to.

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Poster: mcglone Date: May 27, 2007 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formless reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

went through my photos hoping to find something to match your words...

ian

Attachment: memorial_day_ashes.jpg

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 26, 2007 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Formelss reflections....a feeble attempt to express gratitude

You're nothing but Heart.

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